Wednesday, July 25, 2012

injinji Toesocks

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Recently, Laima and I received some injinji toesocks to try out (read her take over at Women's Endurance Gear). I've long been fascinated and repelled by toesocks, starting with my high school career in the 80s, when knee-high rainbow toesocks were favored by a certain subset of teenage girls (none of whom had time for me), More recently, I associated toesocks with the suddenly ubiqiuitous five-toed shoes, which frankly look a bit ridiculous to me. But still, the fascination continued. With the arrival of the toesocks a simultaneous arrival of UltraRunning Magazine, with an article on sock choice by Donald Buraglio (of Running and Rambling fame). In it he mentions that toesocks allow more air movement around the toes, keeping feet cooler--with the advent of really hot summer weather, this sounded like just the ticket.

injinji midweight mini-crew toesock
The Performance Series Midweight Toesock™ is designed as a padded interface for performance in any shoe, climate and terrain. It features a honeycomb design on top of the foot for added breathability and a light compression for proper fit. The Performance Series is engineered with Injinji’s patented AIS: Technology™ and built with superior fibers to keep feet dry, cool and comfortable.
injinji Lightweight Mini-Crew Toesocks
The Performance Series Lightweight Toesock™ is designed to offer a sleek and ultra thin interface for performance in any shoe, climate and terrain. The high-knit count enables the thin fiber to remain durable. The Performance Series is engineered with Injinji’s patented AIS: Technology™ and built with superior fibers to keep feet dry, cool and comfortable.
It takes some getting used to wearing toesocks--I still struggle every time to get my pinky toes in, as they are curled under quite a bit. Once on, however, good to go. It's a neat feeling to have the toes separated and wiggling around. Plus, on cooler mornings, I can wear them and slip on flip-flops to go out and get the newspaper. I'm still going to refrain from the five-toed shoes though.

(Disclaimer: I was sent this item for free to review on my blog, courtesy of injini, via Outside PR. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)

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4 comments:

  1. I love my injinji socks. I won't wear anything else on mid range or long runs. It's the only sock I've never gotten a blister. I have every different kind and color. :)

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  2. I've never tried them but maybe I should. First I'll have to see where to find them over here.

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  3. I swear by Injinji toe socks-- I used to get really bad blisters between my toes on long runs, so I started wearing these, and they have cured any blister problems. They look stupid, but it's totally worth it for me!

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  4. I love my injinji's! You're right - at first they do feel pretty weird, but I don't even notice it any more. They dramatically reduce the number/severity of blisters I get on my long runs.

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